Canada Logistics Conference 2018  -  Learning Sessions  -  Your Career, Leadership and Digital Future of Supply Chain

Your Career, Leadership and Digital Future of Supply Chain

Future-proof your career and leadership abilities in an era of breakneck technological innovation and adoption

Friday, October 26 • 9:15 am - 10:00 am

Like most industries, transportation and logistics is confronting immense change – and like all change it brings risk and opportunity. The Canadian Transportation Act review in 2014 identified that Canadian industries and transportation have a less than 41% usage of advanced communication technologies – but with shippers and carriers beginning to understand the value of new technology,  it is changing from “nice to have” to necessity. Adoption rates will soon reach critical mass and individuals without the relevant skills may find themselves obsolete.

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) has recently released its report Digital Supply Chain: Creating Skills for the Future, based on projected changes in the sector over the next 3-5 years stemming from increased use of: autonomous vehicles, robotics and automation, big data analytics, drones, mobility internet/the internet of things, and blockchain. Pat Campbell, the Executive Director of the CSCSC, will kick off the session with a discussion of the report, followed by a candid conversation with Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold Canada, about the skills of the future and how supply chain professionals can lead through this tumultuous time, and proactively plan their learning and career development in light of the report’s findings. The discussion will be moderated by Pina Melchionna, President & CEO of CITT.

The discussion will include:

  • How today’s leaders are planning to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry
  • The role of leadership and soft skills in an era of technical expertise
  • What the skills of the ideal employee of the near future looks like
  • How to prioritize your skill development for your career goals
  • How to make your company’s digital transformation successful

The session will conclude with a Q&A period.


Pat Campbell, MA, PMP
Executive Director, Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director with the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council, Pat Campbell was a subject matter expert in organizational development and change management.  Over the span of her career, Pat has been successful in bringing diverse perspectives and stakeholders together to address today’s dynamic business environments.  Her leadership over the past few months brought all of these skills together and resulted in the January 2017 release of The Digital Supply Chain: Creating skills for the future” report.  Now, the Council is building on this research and extensive dialogue with business, academic and government leaders to facilitate the skilling, upskilling and reskilling of a labour market that works in an environment that blends technology with human talent.

Pat has a Master’s Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and Bachelor of Science program at the University of Guelph.  Recognizing the importance of lifelong learning, Pat is currently enrolled in Royal Roads’ Executive Leadership program.

Douglas J. Harrison, CCLP, MBA, CPA, CMA, ICD.D
President & CEO, VersaCold

Douglas Harrison is President & CEO of VersaCold, Canada’s largest provider of temperature sensitive logistics solutions including transportation, warehousing, 3PL, Transportation Management & 4PL and Distributor Services.
He has served as Chief Operating Officer of Day & Ross Transportation Group (a subsidiary of McCain Foods) President of; Acklands – Grainger, Canada’s leading Industrial and safety supply company and previously was Vice President and Managing Director for Ryder Integrated Logistics, where he oversaw Ryder’s Business Units in Canada and Europe.

Mr. Harrison has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders, and was honoured by CITT with its Award of Excellence. He is also the recipient of the National Transportation Award of Achievement. Mr. Harrison holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), and CITT’s CCLP designation as well as a number of other transportation and logistics designations.

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